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Full-time Adult Education

Making the decision to go back into full-time education as an adult (19+) could be one of the best choices you ever make.

If you choose Nottingham College, you’ll be learning in a supportive environment with tutors who will help you to make the transition back into education as easy as possible.

Working towards a new qualification is a great way to improve your career prospects and our students tell us it also boosts their self-confidence and self-belief. At Nottingham College, we have courses to suit all levels. Have a look in our courses section for courses from Level 1 to 3 (equivalent to GCSEs and A Levels). We also have specialist Access to Higher Education courses if you’d like to get on the fast-track to university. Once you’ve completed a Level 3 qualification, you’ll be eligible to apply for a place at university or for a university-level course right here at Nottingham College. For information about the potential costs and loans or grants you may be eligible for, visit our Financial Help page. Once you make the decision to return to education, the possibilities really are endless!

Full-time Level 2 courses

If you don't already hold a Level 2 qualification, or if it’s your second or more full level 2 qualification and you are unemployed and in receipt of means tested benefits or employed but earning less than £30,000 per annum NET salary, you may be able to study a full-time Level 2 course for free. Check out the financial assistance pages for more information

Having a recognised qualification may help you get you get into the career you've always dreamed of!

Access to Higher Education Programmes

Our Access to HE programmes can help you get to university, even if you don’t have A Levels.

They are designed especially for students aged 19+ who want a fast-track to degree-level study and are tailored to specific areas of interest, such as law, nursing and teaching.

People leave education for all kinds of reasons. Access courses offer you a way back in where you’ll be taught in a mature environment, with tutors who will support you all the way.

Coming back to college after time away from the world of writing essays and taking on study projects can be daunting. We know however that when a student is committed to their studies, there is no barrier to what they can achieve. No matter what your background, or how long it is since you’ve been in education, our Access courses are a fantastic stepping stone to university and beyond.

All Access programmes are just one year courses, and provide you with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to gain entry onto a university course in a specific area of study.

They have been tailored to industries in which a university level qualification is necessary for a particular profession such as nursing, social work, law and teaching.

Find out more about the Access to HE courses we offer here.

Fees and funding

Level 2 tuition fees are often free for adults depending on any qualifications you have already achieved or your household financial situation.

If you’re aged 19-23 and it’s your first full Level 3 course, then you may not have to pay fees for an Access to HE Diploma. If not, or if you are 24+, you may be able to get help with the cost of your Access to HE course fees through a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

You won’t pay anything back until your income is over £26,575 per year. What’s more, if you go on to complete a higher education course funded by Student Finance England, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off.

You can find out more about Advanced Learner Loans here.

Other support may also be available including help with childcare and travel.

For further details of all fees and funding support check out our Financial Help page, contact or call 0115 9 100 100.

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